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Homeschool Day

Family poses with mule and historic interpreter at 1900 farm


Friday, September 1
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Communities: The Culture of a Place

Living History Farms’ Homeschool Days are the perfect opportunity for families to learn together! You and your children will have the opportunity to tour the museum’s many historic areas, participate in hands-on activities, and have fun! We suggest that you plan at least 3-4 hours for your experience.

The museum is open from 9:00am – 4:00pm. Activities will take place from 9:30am – 11:30am and from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.

Culture is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as a “way of living that is passed on.” Culture is expressed in many ways – language, art, crafts, daily routines, home decorations, and so on. Explore all of the different cultures represented at Living History Farms, from the Ioway Indians of 1700, to the frontier culture of the 1850 Pioneer Farm, to the rural farm culture of 1900. In the 1875 town of Walnut Hill, explore Irish culture at the Flynn Mansion and Norwegian culture at the Tangen House. Learn how all of these traditions came together in the great melting pot of America.

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Online registration opens one month prior to each Homeschool Day and ends at noon on the day before. Anyone who registers early receives $1 off regular admission, and a pre-event email with the day’s activities. Members attend Homeschool Day for free! Not a member yet? Purchase or renew your membership

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Program Policies

Please read our program policies, including information about registration, schedule, and activities before you register for Homeschool Day. Homeschool Day Policies


schoolhouse chalkboard setHomeschool Day Souvenir

Add a Schoolhouse Chalkboard Set ($12) to your registration! Includes a 5-inch by 7-inch wood frame chalkboard, a one-inch eraser made of wood and felt, two sticks of chalk, and a booklet featuring eleven 19th-century popular schoolroom and childhood games. Also available in our online store.

The Schoolhouse Chalkboard Set is available for $12.50 if purchased in the MarketPlace Museum Store. In store availability not guaranteed.



Activities are all day (9:30am – 11:30am and 1:00pm – 3:00pm) unless otherwise noted. (AM) denotes the activity is morning only, from 9:30-11:30am, and (PM) denotes that the activity is afternoon only, from 1pm-3pm.

  • 1700 Ioway Farm – Processing Animal Hides, Weaving Cattail Mats
  • 1850 Pioneer Farm – Churning Butter (AM), Flailing Wheat (PM)
  • 1900 Horse-Powered Farm – Ironing (AM), Putting Up Hay (PM)
  • Flynn Mansion – Victorian Foreign Language Lessons
  • Broomshop – Sweeping and Broommaking Demos
  • Blacksmith – Blacksmithing Demos
  • General Store – Toys & Games (AM), Back to School Scavenger List (PM)
  • Implement Dealer – Using Wheelbarrow and Scales
  • Drug Store – Observe Feeding of Medicinal Leeches
  • Millinery – Corset Fitting (AM), Embroidery (PM)
  • Print Shop – Typesetting an Article
  • Tangen Home – Heart Baskets (AM), Coloring Rosemaling Designs (PM)